The “first look” wedding photo is quickly becoming one of the most popular new wedding trends. Here are 5 fab reasons why so many wedding photographers strongly recommend having a first look photograph.
First lets clarify – What is a first look? That key moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Snap that. The groom can go off to a quiet location and bride can tap him on the shoulder, call his name and have him turn around… the couple can close their eyes and then both be surprised. Any number of scenarios. Some of the most meaningful and precious photographs of your entire wedding day will undoubtedly occur when when your groom sees you for the first time looking totally amazing in your stunning wedding dress and bridal attire.
So, get in there and check out Pinterest and other social media for some great wedding photo ideas for first look wedding photos!
Here are 5 good reasons to do “first look wedding photos”.
- Capturing that special moment in photos, which for all intents and purposes should be a private moment. Priceless.
- Wedding days go by so fast, this is a time when the couple can slow down and be alone to gather their thoughts, have a prayer, say their vows just to each other. Just ‘be’ together for a few moments. Any photos taken at this point should be with very photojournalistic approach. And be sure your photographer gives you these moments before diving into any posed or portrait shots.
- Now that you’ve seen each other – get your portraits done now, before the ceremony and reception. Your hair and makeup are totally fresh! Yay. Plus doing a first look and wedding portrait shots now really frees you up to relax and enjoy cocktail hour, mingle with guests (especially if you have friends and relatives from out of town) and be free to enjoy your entire wedding reception without being swept off for endless portrait photographs. Nothing worse for the bride and groom, as well all the wedding guests than having the happy couple swept off for an hour of wedding photos and portraits before the party can begin.
- After the ceremony, you can just get on with being married! No harried photographer rushing you around setting up you up for poses. Complete your group shot list – keeping the list under control, etc. but the important wedding photos of the two of you are in the can.
- Most importantly this private moment will really set the tone for the rest of your wedding day. It’ll help calm your nerves and give the two of you a chance to connect before you find yourselves standing together at the altar in front of a few hundred people.
The “first look” wedding photo is a lovely way to kick off your wedding day. But… if the tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other until she is waltzing down the aisle is important to the two of you – stick with that. Remember ~ Your day – your way!
Featured image courtesy of Fineline Photography of Pittsburgh